In Loving Memory of Keith Willis

December 10, 1931 - March 14, 2020

 In Loving Memory of Keith Willis

December 10, 1931 - March 14, 2020


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It is with heavy heart and much sorrow we announce the passing of our father, Keith Willis. On March 14, Dad lost his courageous battle with cancer. With family and his faithful feline companion Midnight by his side, Dad passed peacefully at home with a view of the lake he loved so much. 

Dad developed a love of mushrooming early in life – a passion that stayed with him to his final days. It was this passion which brought him to Lake City, Michigan, where he purchased the Lake View Motel and Gift Shop in 1985 with his beloved wife, Nancy.

Every year, our family would come to Lake City, staying at the LVMG, to hunt mushrooms of course. Dad always told the owners if they wanted to sell, he would buy. One day that call came. Dad drove from our home in Ohio to make the deal. The next day he called Mom and said, "Pack your things, Nancy, we are moving to Michigan!". And they did. 

Over the next 35 years, the motel became our family meeting grounds which by chance or by purpose housed the entire Willis tribe. Mom loved having her family close. Now generations of Willis’ have grown up here, with another generation on the way – much like many of our guests and their families. 

We shared Dad’s passion for mushroom hunting – spending every spring walking the woods with him in search of the elusive morel. Dad, with his own special spots, would manage to lose us briefly, only to return grinning ear-to-ear with a sack full of mushrooms. 

This first summer without him will be especially difficult for all of us, but we look forward to sharing stories of him and the memories you created here at the motel. 

Greg and I will stay on to manage the motel. Our efforts to provide clean, sanitary rooms will be redoubled in the face of COVID-19. We hope we will honor Mom and Dad’s legacy by providing the same level of hospitality they provided over the last 35 years. 

Dad was an amazing man who lived a long and happy life. He will be greatly missed. 

Nancy and Keith Willis circa 1985

Nancy and Keith Willis circa 1985

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